Tuesday, February 10
Here's our good deed for the week: It's not the thought that counts. It's the thought, how well it's executed, how much it costs and what the wrapping and final presentation looks like. And did you remember the greeting card? Now here's a thought and some execution with little cost. We can't help with the wrapping, though. The Dallas Arboretum's adult education program presents Handmade Gifts From the Heart in time for the dreaded V-Day. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday, instructor Linda Disosway teaches how to make your own fancy one-of-a-kind paper using household items combined with herbs and flowers. Entry is $20 ($18 for members), and supplies cost $15. Your sweetie will thank you; Hallmark will hate you. It's a win-win situation. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Call 214-515-6540 to register.
Wednesday, February 11
Walking into the MADI Museum is like stepping into a cartoon, but one in which the only characters are geometric shapes in primary colors and the only plot is that squares and circles stick to walls. OK, it would be a boring cartoon. But in a city of gray boxes with streaked windows, it seems unreal, this wacky Seussian, Tetris game-like structure among the offices near Turtle Creek. While the columns, walls and ceilings are attraction enough, the museum has begun offering exhibits showing the influences and artists of the MADI movement. The latest is 9 Venezuelan Modern Masters, which demonstrates the Venezuelan abstract art movement and the Argentinean and Uruguayan MADI movements. It closes February 14, so catch it during the gallery hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free to the museum, which is located at 3109 Carlisle St. at the Kilgore Law Center. Call 214-855-7802.